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Dutch-Turkish relations are at a record low, and this crisis is spreading in Western Europe. Germany, Austria, Denmark are also concerned about the possible tensions a debate on the Turkish referendum would create inside their Turkish minorities. The Turkish constitutional referendum will take place on the 16th of April 2017. Turkish citizens from home and… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

We all know there will be a number of crucial decisions taken in 2017. And we have to re-think how the European project continues in-line with the upcoming negotiations.   Let us remind ourselves that we are celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome this year. This marks the moment of Europe coming together,… » read more

  Posted by FEPS Fresh Thinking

Last Sunday, Austrians were voting for the second time to elect their president. The past elections, in May, had been annulled by the constitutional court following irregularities in the counting procedure in several constituencies. Alexander Van der Bellen, a Green politician who ran as an independent, had then won the elections with a very small… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

Le fédéralisme ne serait-il pas une véritable épine dans le pied du Royaume-Uni? Le nouveau gouvernement conservateur issu des élections générales britanniques va devoir faire face à de nombreux défis. Mais deux sujets éclipsent tous les autres. Je pense d’une part à la redéfinition de la position du Royaume-Uni dans l’Union européenne et d’autre part… » read more

Le fédéralisme ne serait-il pas une véritable épine dans le pied du Royaume-Uni? Le nouveau gouvernement conservateur issu des élections générales britanniques va devoir faire face à de nombreux défis. Mais deux sujets éclipsent tous les autres. Je pense d’une part à la redéfinition de la position du Royaume-Uni dans l’Union européenne et d’autre part… » read more

  Posted by Morucci Europe Blog

Vive Gran Bretaña la más clara representación del drama shakespiriano. Su ser o no ser ha quedado patente en los resultados de las elecciones generales de la pasada semana, pues, más allá de la sorprendente victoria del conservador David Cameron, las encrucijadas que arrojan las urnas son enormes. Por un lado, los tories se hacen… » read more

  Posted by Con acento hispano

Vive Gran Bretaña la más clara representación del drama shakespiriano. Su ser o no ser ha quedado patente en los resultados de las elecciones generales de la pasada semana, pues, más allá de la sorprendente victoria del conservador David Cameron, las encrucijadas que arrojan las urnas son enormes. Por un lado, los tories se hacen… » read more

National consensus – these words are missing from Bulgaria’s political vocabulary.  In the midst of bitter political contentions, Bulgaria’s political scene is once again marred by open confrontations, and the bad-blood of back stabbing.  Today, Saturday 11th of May, is the day before the early Bulgarian elections.  In theory, this day should allow quiet time… » read more

Before Easter, I gave the presentation outlined below, together the the EP’s chief of communication. This was organised by Centre International de Formation Européenne, of which I am an alumnus. Attendants included mostly communication experts, from retired officials who set up the DG Comms to party spokespeople.  A related video interview is also available. The… » read more

Dear IPies, The topic was inspired by the elections in Russia and more specifically by President Putin’s election campaign. For those who didn’t come across one of them, they are centered on women and their beauty. Of course sex sells and we’ve known that for years! There is actually a very successful business which was… » read more

Elecciones nacionales y política europeaLa elección presidencial francesa demuestra, una vez más, hasta qué punto Europa es tributaria de los procesos electorales nacionales. Todo parece indicar que la elección de François Hollande puede llevar a una revisión del Pacto Fiscal impuesto por Alemania a través del añadido de un protocolo sobre crecimiento y empleo. Sería… » read more

So I’m in the final stages of my dissertation looking at partisan responses to European integration and a noticeable trend exists in the literature: far right parties are termed the ‘extremist right’ while far left parties are the ‘radical left’. Why is this? And how did such bias ever get through peer review?

Enhanced democracy

In my previous post I noted that the first step to bridge the gap between individuals and the European level is the flow of coherent information. Now this one is about the second, also necessary step, which is (in one word) legitimacy. Most of us agree that the best method in a democracy to obtain… » read more

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